An animated response to a musical song/story by the British group Madness, "Our House" was designed and animated by students 12 to 15 years old, and originated entirely on flipbooks. ( 7 reviews ) Topics: Family Values, Freedom of Expression, Personal Responsibility
Vicki Chan, senior at Skyline High school, shows us how two Oakland Public School teachers transfer their knowledge into interactive teaching techniques that literally get their students up and cheering. Mr. Sears stands on a field with his high school physics class ready to launch their rockets, putting on a helmet, goggles and jock strap,. Whoever hits him gets an "A." On the other side of school, clapping and shouting dance instructions to rival Debbie Allen of Fame, Ms. James does...
A word of hate or term of endearment? Like many young African American teens, Jermaine used the word every day. Then, in the summer of 2003, he traveled down south and met people for whom nigger will never be just another word. ( 4 reviews ) Topics: Racism, Tolerance, African American History
Two years ago, Jamaal was going nowhere fast with poor grades, second-rate test scores and little support from home. Yet, Jamal will graduate High School with a 3.73 grade point average and head to college with a prestigious $100,000 Posse Fellowship where he will pursue his dream of being an engineer. How did such a drastic change occur? "I had some teachers that turned me around," he concludes, "they didnít give up on me, they encouraged me. They refused to let me fail."...
Featuring youth as actors, directors, and film editors, Elements guides viewers through a series of video shorts wherein the students meet, fall in love, seduce, fight, threaten, break-up, make up, and part ways with the camera. ( 2 reviews ) Topics: love, sex, violence
Thomas Vigil has struggled with academics all of his life. With a strong friendship network, he loves coming to school but has difficulty with traditional learning which requires reading, writing, and sitting still in a desk. However, he gained confidence in his ability to succeed in school when he became involved in arts programming and television production at his high school. Thomas, who is highly creative, has found a new interest in school and is eager to learn. While he still struggles in... Topics: youth, education, arts
You will discover how a simple subject, like poetry, can be acted, sung, spoken, written, read, rapped, and drawn. Prepare to be engulfed by an auditory, visual, and kinesthetic learning environment. Recipe: Interview students expressing their experiences with a teacher who teaches to different learning styles. Add interviews with a teacher who plans her lessons to reach students who have different ways of learning. Mix in classroom footage of a "teacher worth paying attention to."... ( 4 reviews ) Topics: youth, education, poetry
Part of Listen Up!'s "The Way We See It: Youth Speak Out on Education" project. Putting on a helmet, goggles and jock strap, Mr. Sears stands on a field with his high school physics class ready to launch their rockets. Whoever hits him gets an "A." On the other side of school, clapping and shouting dance instructions to rival Debbie Allen of Fame, Ms. James does a funky dance sequence as her students mirror her perfectly. These two teachers are not only professionals in... Topics: education, youth, arts
Gerardo Vargas, a.k.a "Promise," was a gang member and high school drop out, firmly in the grip of a New York City ghetto life -- that is, until he enrolled in Satellite High School. Satellite is an alternative school that is giving Gerardo a second chance. The program offers fewer classes that meet for longer periods, so Gerardo has more time to focus on each subject. Much smaller than traditional schools, Satellite allows Gerardo to be on a first name basis with his teachers, which... ( 2 reviews ) Topics: education, youth, alternative schools
A young girl, Chaya, comoeesw hoome to see her family moving for the 7th time. She refuses to move with her family, stays behind. Remembering the previous times she had moved she feels alientated and closed out. ( 1 reviews ) Topics: youth, mother, spirituality
Banjo Pickin' Girl documents the story of a young Appalachian woman who is struggling with how to carry on her family's rich tradition of playing and performing mountain music. The piece explores how the death of her father, a charismatic musician, complicates her feelings about the music and her role in carrying it on. ( 1 reviews ) Topics: identity, traditions, music
Lil Thoughts a teen girls first big crush, on another girl. How does she deal with homophobia, friendships, and general teen angst in 7 quick minutes? A quirky combination of animated characters and live-action scenes, this video has been two years in the making, and is Sam Boyds first independent project. Topics: homophobia, gender, high school
Excerpt from students' concept paper: Apathy rules America. Or at least that's the impression most people have. Many people are dissatisfied with the way the country is run, but don't do anything about it. Meanwhile, there is a powerful minority who are politically active. Many of these activists are youth. The problem we address in our video is the mythology that students are apathetic and ignorant. This video features several students at Oakland High who are plolitically active. We aim to... Topics: Student Activism, Youth
Banjo Pickin' Girl documents the story of a young Appalachian woman who is struggling with how to carry on her family's rich tradition of playing and performing mountain music. The piece explores how the death of her father, a charismatic musician, complicates her feelings about the music and her role in carrying it on. Topics: identity, music, traditions
This short video takes a deeper look at the March strike of Transit workers in the Metropolitan area: why the Transit workers of the Twin Cities went on strike, how it affected young people, and what courses of action should be taken. Topics: Strikes/Working-Class, Transit System, Politics